May 27, 2022

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The World Health Organization warns that the epidemic is “not over” and record infections in Germany and France

The World Health Organization warned that “Covid” is not over yet, while France, Germany and Brazil recorded new records of injuries during the last 24 hours.

The highly contagious mutant amicron is spreading widely around the world, prompting some countries to re-impose new measures and speed up the launch of booster-dose vaccination campaigns. “This epidemic is still far from over,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at its headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday.

Europe is in the eye of the storm of injuries, as Germany recorded more than 100,000 injuries within 24 hours, while France announced about half a million cases on Tuesday. And the director of the United Nations Health Organization warned against underestimating the severity of the omicron, the mutant that has spread widely from Latin America to East Asia, since it was first discovered in southern Africa in November. “Omicron may be less severe, on average, but the narrative that it is a mild disease is misleading,” he said.

outbreak in europe

Last week, Europe recorded five million infections, and the World Health Organization predicted that Omicron could infect half the continent’s population by March, which would lead to an overcrowding of hospitals.

On Tuesday, Germany recorded 112,323 new cases of the virus and 239 deaths, according to officials, while Omicron detected more than 70 percent of infections. The outbreak of the epidemic prompted German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to seek to compel the population to receive vaccinations to enhance the immunity of the population of the largest economic power in Europe.

Other European countries are also experiencing significant increases in omicron infection rates. France recently recorded a daily rate of about 300,000 cases.

The latest figures issued by the French Public Health Authority reveal that the country recorded 464,796 new cases of the virus during the last 24 hours, which is a new record. These record numbers coincide with the two-year anniversary of the announcement of the first death caused by a virus in China, later known as Corona.

The reported deaths from the epidemic have reached more than 5.5 million since January 11, 2020. Meanwhile, uncertainty prevails about the possibility of the tourism sector recovering in Europe, with the World Tourism Organization announcing Tuesday that the number of foreign visitors will not return to pre-pandemic levels even The year 2024 at least, despite an increase of 19 percent recorded last year compared to 2020.

semi emergency

Outside of Europe, Brazil also recorded a new record number of daily injuries, reaching more than 137,000, on Tuesday. The country witnessed a second devastating epidemic last year, when the daily death toll exceeded 4000, which raised the total number of deaths on its soil to be the second in the world, after the United States.

Criticism is growing for President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly questioned vaccines and downplayed the danger of Omicron, against the background of his handling of the epidemic, and it appears that he is on his way to losing the October presidential elections, according to polls.

In Asia, Japan is scheduled to tighten restrictions nationwide, including in Tokyo, at a time when it faces a record number of epidemic infections due to the Omicron outbreak, while China partially eased restrictions on transport movement in the city of Xi’an, as the authorities imposed on millions of residents isolate themselves in their homes for weeks.

Japanese experts on Wednesday expressed their support for 13 regions to be subjected to “quasi-emergency measures from January 21 to February 13,” Daichiro Yamagiwa, the minister in charge of virus affairs, told reporters. China’s permission to resume some intercity train journeys in Xi’an from Tuesday comes ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday expected later this month, which traditionally sees large travel movement. It also comes at a time when Beijing is facing many cases of HIV infection, which is a test for its strict application of “zero Covid injuries” ahead of hosting the Winter Olympics next month.

big cats and rodents

The focus is currently increasing on animals and how the virus affects them, after at least countries announced infections with Covid in large and small animals as a result of an infection transmitted between them and humans.

A study published on Tuesday in South Africa revealed that large cats (felines) in cages in zoos are at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to transmission of infection from their workers. Researchers found evidence that three lions and a mountain lion were infected after they were infected by the people involved in raising them in a zoo in Johannesburg, although some of them did not show symptoms. In Hong Kong, the authorities indicated that the hamster was responsible for two human injuries.

The city government faced growing anger on Wednesday over its decision to cull about 2,000 small animals in pet stores, after a number of hamsters sold in stores tested positive for Covid. “There is no evidence yet at the international level that pets can transmit the Corona virus to humans… but… we will take preventive measures against any vector,” Health Minister Sophia Chan told reporters.